From drab to fab. That’s how to accurately describe Marietta residents Kim Gresh and George Hartzog’s backyard pool and deck transformation. They went from an outdated and falling apart standard pool, to a sleek and modern infinity-edge pool just in time for summer fun. 

written by LaTria Garnigan

photography by Erin Gray Cantrell

No strangers to renovation projects, Kim and George have meticulously transformed their 61-year-old home. The couple has lived there for over 30 years, and during that time has renovated every space, including the exterior.

“The pool and deck were our last huge project,” said Kim.

Over the years, they have revamped the kitchen, all four bathrooms, floors and added two new living spaces. They also replaced all (54!) windows and the siding with hardie plank.

Through a mutual friend, Kim and George heard of Todd Angel, founder of Paradigm Landscape. The Marietta-based company specializes in all things landscape, not just pools. According to Todd, Kim and George’s pool was very old and falling apart, and had an inefficient system in need of constant repair. In other words, a perfect candidate for an upgrade.

After a consultation, the team at Paradigm Landscape provided conceptual and final designs, grading, drainage, irrigation and site prep (including removal of the existing pool). Other work needed to be done included electrical work, a stone patio, walls, a fireplace, metal railing work and general landscaping — trees, shrubs and groundcovers.  

The team finished up with lighting, painting and cleanup. The Paradigm group broke up the project into two phases, beginning in June 2015 and ending this May.

While Kim said she takes credit for the outdoor fireplace, she defers to Todd and his team at Paradigm for the pool and deck conception.

“We provide a design with what we believe is the best use of the space, and our clients are involved in contributing preferences and communicating specific needs,” said Todd.

With Kim and George’s property, the Paradigm team took full creative license with the homeowners’ preferences on materials and small design elements.

It’s easy to see the new design is ripe for a celebration and Kim and George plan to do just that. The couple have the capability of using the space year-round — thanks to the addition of the fireplace — and most importantly for Kim, it will serve as a sanctuary where her worries and concerns vanish if just for a few hours on a sunny afternoon.

While discussing the new space, Kim couldn’t distinguish between what was her favorite part.

“I have a tie. One, the infinity edge with the constant waterfall sound and two, the fireplace — it adds so much to making a year-round entertaining area.”

Ever being the designer, Todd’s favorite part of the pool is the way it fits into the surrounding area. He enjoys the way it feels a part of the home and also a part of the landscape.

Paradigm Landscape

Todd Angel, founder

2993 Sandy Plains Road

Suite 215A, Marietta

(678) 403-2346

Timetable of renovation: Phase 1 started in June 2015; Phase 2 was just completed in May. So it was about one year, with a three month gap between the end of Phase 1 and the start of Phase 2. The design process took about four months.

Size of pool: 15’x25’

Material of pool: Shotcrete pool; PebbleTec interior surface; Limestone coping, lower pool deck is brown Crab Orchard in an Ashlar pattern, Upper pool deck is a colored salt finished concrete.

Style of pool: Traditional elegance

Style/feel of backyard: Spacious, comfortable, simple and clean


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